Who has time to read?

There aren’t many things that will hold my attention and excite me as much as a good book. I especially love it, when the story grabs you and takes you into its world. You know the kind, you start it and the next thing you know it is 2:00 am and you are canceling your plans for the next day so you can find out what happens. (I get excited even writing about it!)

Once I have found a book like this, I want to share it with everyone. Women, by nature, love to talk about and share their great “finds”. My sharing usually goes like this:

Me: “I read the best book last night you have got to read it!”

Friend: “Sounds good, but I won’t get to it for a while.”

Me: “Oh no, what is going on?”

Friend: “Life…How do you have any time to read? You have four kids, PTA, soccer, basketball, dance, piano, guitar…laundry alone takes up 26 hours of MY day…Do you have a clone?”

Surprisingly enough, I do not have a clone or a maid for that matter, I love to read and so I am always trying to fit it in. Let me give some examples:
  • I rarely watch TV. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there is anything wrong with TV, I just prefer to read. This does cause some problems in everyday conversation, as I have no idea who Jack Bower is (some friends were talking about him), or what happened on American Idol. (I’d never heard of American Idol until it was in its fourth season). Rarely, do I turn the TV on while I am cleaning or folding laundry. I either listen to a book on tape, or crank up the music and dance with my broom. It is just what I prefer, and you would be amazed at how much you can read, without the TV on.
  • I always have a book with me. When I am in the car waiting for my kids, school programs, dentist offices, doctors offices, volunteering at the school, story time at the library…you never know when you are going to have five minutes of waiting. All those five minute chunks add up and soon you have read two chapters.
  • I usually keep a book in the kitchen for when I am eating by myself. Let’s face it, after waiting on all my kids, this is at least one meal a day. Now, I realize that health experts frown on this, but, I think they have it all wrong. Most of the time, I am so engulfed in my story, that I eat much slower and therefore eat less. (This is what I tell myself anyway.)
  • Finally, I do read before I go to bed. For me, reading helps me forget about all of the worries of the day. I escape into someone else’s life for a moment. This way I am not dreaming about my kid’s book reports, or the stains in the brand new jeans, or how I possibly messed up the Jell-O salad for the church picnic. I often stay up too late and have bags under my eyes the next day, but it is almost always worth it.
My point is, mothers deserve a break. We are all busy. We all have things we need to be doing at any given time. For me, reading is an escape from my everyday BLAH BLAHS. It may not be that way with you, and THAT IS OK!!! But, find something that works. You’ll be a better mom and wife, and you will be so much happier.

Happy Reading

1 comment:

  1. So, so true on finding time to read. Also, it helps if you read super fast, which I know Becky does, and I assume it might run in the family. There is so much better material out there than TV, and you find it! LOVE your commentary and the stuff you choose to read.


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